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Charles E. Buckalew

November 13, 1936 ~ March 5, 2021 (age 84)


Charles E. Buckalew, 84, of Montoursville, died on March 5, 2021, at UPMC Muncy.

He was born on November 13, 1936, in Fishing Creek Township, Columbia County, son of Russell O. and Fannie (Hess) Buckalew.

Charles was a Korean war Army veteran, a tool and die maker at the former GTE Sylvania and retired as owner from Buck-A-Lew Tooling Co., he delivered meals on wheels, loved tinkering with his model A Ford and tending to his prized tomato plants, was a member of the YMCA, enjoyed reading and his beloved cat.

He was a man of few words but he had a tremendous impact on many people. None more so than his three daughters, who were everything to him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William and Larry; and two sisters, Virginia and Cleo.

Surviving are three daughters, Sharon Ertel, Tammy French, and Lorie (Jonathan) Brown; sisters, Jane, sally, rose and Mary Rebecca; five grandchildren, P. Joseph French, Jacob (Lisa) Ertel, Steven (Emilie) Ertel, Aaron Ertel, and Ashley (Sarah) Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Geneva and Henry.

There will be a graveside service on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 11:30 a.m. in Montoursville Cemetery with Rev. Robert Strovyk officiating.

There will be a walk-through viewing on Wednesday, 10-11:00 a.m., at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville, PA 17754.

Following Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines, masks and social distancing will be required.

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March 10, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Spitler Funeral Home
733 Broad Strret
Montoursville, PA 17754

Graveside Service
March 10, 2021

11:30 AM
Montoursville Cemetery
Broad St.
Montoursville, PA 17754

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